Car pulled from Oswego River in Minetto was reported stolen 18 years ago

Search boat using sonar

A station wagon pulled from the Oswego River Wednesday was reported stolen 18 years ago.

The Oswego County Sheriff's Office says the Volvo was recovered just north of Lock 5 in Minetto.

Investigators say a sonar company, hired by the New York State Canal Corporation to map the river, initially discovered the vehicle.

Sheriff's deputies say the Volvo was reported stolen in Onondaga County in 1996. Investigators think it was purposefully put into the water, as its condition indicated it had been underwater for "a very long time."

It was last month that 3-D images from the same sonar company, H2H Associates, detected a four-door Toyota Corolla in the same river near Lock 3, not far from First Street in Fulton.

As the company was mapping the river, it was able to pin-point exactly where the sedan was within three centimeters, zooming in to clearly identify the car's headlights.

Investigators traced that vehicle to the disappearance of Carol Wood, who was last seen leaving an Oswego bar in early August of 1996.

Forensic tests revealed the human remains found in the 1993 red Toyota vehicle were those of the 30-year-old Wood, who had been missing for almost 18 years.

Today, the mystery is only partially solved.

Investigators are faced with new questions, not the least of which being how exactly did Wood's car end up in the water?

Anyone who may have any information that could help solve this cold case is encouraged to call Oswego City Police at (315) 342-8130.